Who We Are
Social Science Research Services (SSRS) serves social science researchers in the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The central function of SSRS is to provide specialized, high quality services to advance interdisciplinary social science research at the UW-Madison. SSRS provides an administrative "umbrella" to coordinate a variety of service-providing units. Any social science researcher or unit wishing to utilize the services provided through SSRS is welcome to contact us to determine the services that are available to them.
The primary goals of SSRS are to ease administrative burdens on the part of researchers involved in obtaining extramural research funding, to provide research tools and expertise necessary to carry out the research, and to assist researchers in managing their grant funds. SSRS Administration services include preparation and submission of grant applications, negotiation and liaison with units internal and external to the UW-Madison in connection to grant awards, and post-award financial management for funded research.
SSRS provides a full range of computing services for social science research at UW-Madison through the Social Science Computing Cooperative (SSCC). The SSCC combines powerful computing and statistical software resources with a professional staff. Services include a help desk, statistical computing consulting, PC repair, a training program, and a large collection of on-line publications on a variety of computing topics.
Instructional computing support is also provided for the faculty, staff, and students in the Social Science division of the College of Letters and Science including a classroom, drop-in lab, and mobile lab with a rich variety of statistical software.
SSRS provides data services through the Data and Information Services Center (DISC). DISC services include reference, data acquisition, cataloging and classification of datasets, aid in acquiring restricted data sets, preservation of data, making public use data available via value added data extraction systems, data current awareness services, and campus outreach services to promote the use of social science data to the larger campus community. DISC librarians are available as guest speakers to academic classes, providing instruction on social science data resources and practices.